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What are we to make of these Ron Paul Republicans? Do they spell doom for the GOP? Here are some points to consider: 1) More conservatives should have done what Cold Warrior has been begging them to do – become a precinct committeeman. 2) More conservatives should have taken Ron Paul Republicans seriously instead of just writing snarky posts about Ron Paul. To clarify on the second point, conservatives needed to more clearly articulate the importance of an authoritarian component in governing instead of just calling Ron Paul a loon.

Paul’s Arizona state director Shawn Dow:

Most of us that have been working so hard for Dr. Paul have been doing this since 2007 so we’re already in leadership positions — state committeemen, county chairmen. We’re already there — now it’s taking to the next step. If we can just get enough of our people to run for those offices.

Ashley Ryan, a Maine committee-woman elect who will be a national convention delegate:

We’re all registered Republicans, we kind of just outmaneuvered them … we played their game and we played it better.

A Paul campaign source:

We have been trying to make clear to Romney and all Republican candidates, that Ron Paul’s main concern is how his rivals approach a long-term effort to win the battles of ideas.

Personally I prefer the anarchists Ron Paul Republicans to the totalitarian communists Democrats. Important decisions must be reached. The GOP has got to make up their mind about whether they want to drive the Ron Paul Republicans off, or they want to bring them in. The Ron Paul Republicans have got to make up their mind about whether they want to drive everyone else off, or they want to bring them in. I think it is important how broad or narrow is the definition of a Ron Paul Republican. Ron Paul has served as Honorary Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Below I list current elected officeholders who are currently members of the Republican Liberty Caucus. I hope this information alone is not enough for you to form a negative opinion of them.

  • Arizona Jeff Flake, congressman
  • Kentucky Rand Paul, U.S. Senator
  • Maryland Roscoe Bartlett, congressman
  • Maine Paul LePage, Governor
  • Michigan Justin Amash, congressman
  • Minnesota Chip Cravaack, congressman
  • Nebraska Adrian Smith, congressman
  • New Jersey Scott Garrett, congressman
  • Ohio Jim Jordan, congressman
  • Ohio Steve Chabot, congressman
  • South Carolina Nikki Haley, Governor
  • South Carolina Jim DeMint, U.S. Senator
  • South Carolina Mick Mulvaney, congressman
  • Tennessee Jimmy Duncan, congressman
  • Utah Mike Lee, U.S. Senator
  • Utah Jason Chaffetz, congressman
  • Virginia Ken Cuccinnelli, state attorney general

There are some parts of California and New England where the only Republican candidates who can get any votes are Ron Paul Republicans. Personally, I prefer these to the Linc Chaffee/Mike Castle squish types. They first have to win a primary against those types, and then win in the general. These are daunting tasks, but I’m calling attention to two candidates for U.S.Senator in California and Rhode Island. I’m also calling attention to six candidates for the U.S. House in California, Maine, Missouri, and New York. They have to defeat an incumbent Democrat in seven of these eight races. I hope calling attention to them will help provide new information about some Ron Paul Republicans.

California Republican Rick Williams for U.S.Senate
https://rickwilliamsforsenate.com/

Rhode Island Republican Barry Hinckley for U.S.Senate
https://www.hinckleyforsenate.com/

Stewart Cilley for Congress, CA 5 (Santa Rosa, Petaluma area)

https://www.facebook.com/StewartCilleyForCongress2012
I will go to Congress as the member who remembers that the first responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Other than the powers outlined in the Constitution, it is imperative and a brilliant promise that individuals be left unhindered by laws and unencumbered by illegal taxation.

Jenny Worman for Congress, CA 28 (West Hollywood and surrounds)

https://wormanforcongress.com
Follow the Constitution! Repeal NDAA, Patriot Act, unconstitutional executive orders. Defund DHS, NSA, TSA. Protect internet freedom: No CISPA SOPA. Repeal Federal Reserve Act and return to sound money. End occupations, bring troops home, close overseas bases. Pursue non-interventionist foreign policy. End crony capitalism/bailouts. Close federal agencies: DOE, EPA, IRS. Health Freedom, end prohibitions!

Susan Shelley for Congress, CA 30 (West San Fernando Valley)

https://www.extremeink.com/congress/
Susan Shelley is the author of two books about the Constitution. She’s running for Congress to stand up for the principles of limited government, individual rights, and free enterprise. Susan has been endorsed by the Los Angeles Daily News and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. She supports new priorities of tax reform, affordable energy, and economic growth.

Blaine Richardson for Congress ME-2

https://www.richardsonforcongress2012.com/
I believe in the power of the people to govern and to decide their own fate through legislation and the ballot box — not the courts. I love my country and the premise of freedom that it was created to protect and celebrate. As Thomas Jefferson said so eloquently “… to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.”
My background and training from 30 years’ service in the United States Navy – on both active and reserve duty – has provided me with the leadership skills to do this job. I AM A PROVEN AND TESTED LEADER. I retired as a Captain after having served in four conflicts. I graduated from the Naval flight program in 1974 during the Vietnam War and was an aviator on active duty until 1979. During the recent Iraqi War in 2003, I was the Military Liaison Officer for MSC (Military Sealift Command) to the Commander, Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois. I was responsible for the 216 ships that made hundreds of port calls and delivered over 20 million tons of cargo to Kuwait and Iraq. I point this out because I am used to dealing with complex problems and lots of different people in order to get the job done under stressful conditions.

I was Naval Liaison Officer to the State of Maine under both Governors McKernan and King. I was appointed to the P-2 committee by Governor McKernan, to oversee the DEP’s implementation of hazardous chemical and waste reduction regulations. During the first Gulf War, my unit out of Bangor was the first one to be called up and I was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, where I was responsible for shipping General Schwarzkopf the 7th Corps. During Haiti under President Clinton, I was called up to organize the immense relief effort by sea.

On the civilian side during the 1980s, I was involved in my family’s greenhouse business – The Green Thumb – in Rockport, Maine for 10 years, then moved on to Code Enforcement in Rockport. In 2000 I moved to Belfast and started my own construction company – The B. Richardson Company – working with my wife Laura, an interior designer, building and renovating houses. Laura has owned her own company – Laura Swift LTD Interior Design – since 1987.

Jason Greene for Congress MO-5

https://www.greeneforcongress.com/
For the past several years, Jason has taught Social Studies and coached within the Raytown community. “I enjoy my career immensely, and that is in part why I am seeking office.” said Jason. “From my perspective as an educator, I have witnessed many harms of good intended federal policy leaving very little or no results. An invisible ceiling on families leaving them nothing but hope, lack of educational or employment opportunity for parents and their children. A destruction of constitutional liberty in the name of political convenience have all left me to wonder not only what kind of America will there be for our children, but if America will lead the 21st century.”

In order for America to move forward, we need new voices to stand up and fight for sound economic growth and liberty. Jason is just that type of candidate with the ability, knowledge and passion to represent real change in Washington.

Dan Halloran for Congress NY-6

Dan was elected to the City Council in 2009 on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Libertarian lines to represent the Queens neighborhoods of College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston, and Little Neck.

Queens is the only home Dan has ever known. Dan attended local public and private schools and received an ROTC Scholarship to college. Dan’s family has served New York City for five generations. His great-grandfather was an NYPD police chief, his grandfather was an NYPD detective, and his two brothers are an FDNY firefighter and officer. His father served as a Deputy Director in the NYC Office of Management and Budget during the Koch Administration.

Dan served in the NYPD and in three District Attorney offices, helping keep our communities safe. Prior to his election, Dan worked in private practice as an attorney with the law firm Palmieri & Castiglione, LLP where he was a litigator, fighting for patients’ rights and representing New York City police officers as an of counsel attorney for the PBA.

As a homeowner and former small business owner, Dan is dedicated to cutting taxes for New York City’s middle-class families and easing the burden on small businesses. He campaigned against overdevelopment and is committed to preserving the unique residential character of our neighborhoods. Dan is a leading voice for government transparency and reform, being one of the first Council Members to agree to disclose his discretionary spending online. He will bring the same passion for reform to Washington.

Dan is a proud Eagle Scout, and remains active in scouting. He is an avid hunter and camper who raises his Great Dane dogs as part of a family tradition. He is active in numerous not-for-profit organizations and a former National Officer, State Chair and active member of the Liberty Caucus of the GOP. Dan owns a home near the Bowne Park neighborhood of Flushing, just blocks from where he was born and raised.

Today, Dan is running for Congress to fight for Queens families and the American values we hold dear.

The history lessons that some Ron Paul Republicans never learned goes back to the days of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Before these men became President they believed in a diminished small role for the commander-in-chief. After they became President they discovered how wrong their thinking had been. The war with the Barbary Coast pirates, and the war of 1812 with England really brought home how wrong their notion that nothing bad will happen to the United States if they just isolate themselves and make no dangerous alliances. Never again was the role of military preparedness just an afterthought. The better role model for the Ron Paul Republicans to follow would be George Washington’s approach. He set the right example as a commander-in-chief when he called in the military to end the whiskey rebellion. Thomas Jefferson chose the wrong side on that one.

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. Amen. We certainly can’t become the majority party by running off anyone that wants to be a Republican and now that it is clear that Ron Paul will never be the nominee it is a good time to make it clear that his former supporters are welcome in the party.

    We need their zeal for reducing the size of government and we need their help in fashioning a strategy for EXACTLY how best to do that, i.e. the transition from today’s Big Government to the smaller government we want tomorrow.

    We should also make clear that we will never be a party that favors anything less than that the US have the strongest military on Earth and that we will always be opposed to laws/court rulings that allow abortion except in very few instances like to save the life of the mother.

    Bravo Pil’.

  2. Yikes! Jim Jordan?? Chabot I can see as i have always been skeptical of him. Haley and Cuccinelli are surprises too. It could be they forgot they were members and didn’t take themselves off?? I am still getting several emails a day from Paul’s campaign, Rand included of course, to support him.

    • I don’t personally connect the dots that if you are a member of the RLC, then you must be a Paultard. I know some folks are really “out there,” but I don’t include Jim Jordan and Jim DeMint in that group.

  3. It’s hard to know what to do with Ron Paul “Republicans”. Instinctively I go with “purge, burn, and kill their young”. I hate their guts, and the way they have taken power was available, but that doesn’t mean it was legitimate, and it doesn’t mean they are not despicable. I think we are all of a mind on that point.
    .
    There is one axis, and one axis only, in which there is something good and beneficial from those jackasses, and that is along the lines of small government, relatively unobtrusive government footprint in our lives, and the notion of looking to the Constitution first to see if a government body has standing to do something (but even on this, the Paultards mainly give convenient lip service to a great concept). In every other way, they stand for and utilize things that I find odious.
    .
    For the moment, I think we have to work with them. If they succeed in forcing the party to quit surrendering to the Dems at every turn, I will accept their help in that regard. If they won’t even back the GOP slate once it is set, then that’s a different story. And I predict that is what will happen.
    .
    Personally, every time I see one of them skylined, I’m plinking him, whether there’s a truce on or not.

      • I know what ya mean. That would be a very, very difficult test case for the purging and burning.
        .
        Might have to try to see if we could evangelize that one into mainstream conservatism.
        .
        So OK, then how about we KEEP the hot ones and purge all the rest?

      • But seriously now, one of the main questions is, will they play ball with us? I think the RLC caucus is not our enemy, and in fact is more or less leading the charge on cutting government and restoring the Constitution to its proper place.

        Possibly those running for high office are not true nutjobs like the bulk of their constituents. I am willing to take a close look and let them express themselves.

        As for their followers? Slyline, plink, skyline, plink.

  4. Agree Pilgrim. Like Libertarians, there are Big P and little P Paulbots. It’s galling, esp to ColdWarrior, and eBurke in MN, who’ve worked closely next to them, to see how well they’ve mastered the navigation of GOP rules while too many conservatives stand aside and gawk and complain.
    But that’s our cross to bear, not theirs.

    I think, once inside the candy store, and in management, instead of outside looking in, they will grow more wise, not more stupid.

    There was always much about Paul’s policies worthy of emulation. We should look to those instead of the insipid personalities of a few.

  1. Amen. We certainly can’t become the majority party by running off anyone that wants to be a Republican and now that it is clear that Ron Paul will never be the nominee it is a good time to make it clear that his former supporters are welcome in the party.

    We need their zeal for reducing the size of government and we need their help in fashioning a strategy for EXACTLY how best to do that, i.e. the transition from today’s Big Government to the smaller government we want tomorrow.

    We should also make clear that we will never be a party that favors anything less than that the US have the strongest military on Earth and that we will always be opposed to laws/court rulings that allow abortion except in very few instances like to save the life of the mother.

    Bravo Pil’.

  2. Yikes! Jim Jordan?? Chabot I can see as i have always been skeptical of him. Haley and Cuccinelli are surprises too. It could be they forgot they were members and didn’t take themselves off?? I am still getting several emails a day from Paul’s campaign, Rand included of course, to support him.

    • I don’t personally connect the dots that if you are a member of the RLC, then you must be a Paultard. I know some folks are really “out there,” but I don’t include Jim Jordan and Jim DeMint in that group.

  3. It’s hard to know what to do with Ron Paul “Republicans”. Instinctively I go with “purge, burn, and kill their young”. I hate their guts, and the way they have taken power was available, but that doesn’t mean it was legitimate, and it doesn’t mean they are not despicable. I think we are all of a mind on that point.
    .
    There is one axis, and one axis only, in which there is something good and beneficial from those jackasses, and that is along the lines of small government, relatively unobtrusive government footprint in our lives, and the notion of looking to the Constitution first to see if a government body has standing to do something (but even on this, the Paultards mainly give convenient lip service to a great concept). In every other way, they stand for and utilize things that I find odious.
    .
    For the moment, I think we have to work with them. If they succeed in forcing the party to quit surrendering to the Dems at every turn, I will accept their help in that regard. If they won’t even back the GOP slate once it is set, then that’s a different story. And I predict that is what will happen.
    .
    Personally, every time I see one of them skylined, I’m plinking him, whether there’s a truce on or not.

      • I know what ya mean. That would be a very, very difficult test case for the purging and burning.
        .
        Might have to try to see if we could evangelize that one into mainstream conservatism.
        .
        So OK, then how about we KEEP the hot ones and purge all the rest?

      • But seriously now, one of the main questions is, will they play ball with us? I think the RLC caucus is not our enemy, and in fact is more or less leading the charge on cutting government and restoring the Constitution to its proper place.

        Possibly those running for high office are not true nutjobs like the bulk of their constituents. I am willing to take a close look and let them express themselves.

        As for their followers? Slyline, plink, skyline, plink.

  4. Agree Pilgrim. Like Libertarians, there are Big P and little P Paulbots. It’s galling, esp to ColdWarrior, and eBurke in MN, who’ve worked closely next to them, to see how well they’ve mastered the navigation of GOP rules while too many conservatives stand aside and gawk and complain.
    But that’s our cross to bear, not theirs.

    I think, once inside the candy store, and in management, instead of outside looking in, they will grow more wise, not more stupid.

    There was always much about Paul’s policies worthy of emulation. We should look to those instead of the insipid personalities of a few.

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